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Appen Work from Home – Review


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Appen hires for many work from home jobs including search engine, social media, advertisement and voice evaluation; They hire transcriptionists and translators, software engineers, linguistics, and semantic annotators.

Appen is a company that specializes in machine learning enhanced by human interaction and evaluation. Computers are become intelligent machines but they’re only as smart as the humans who make them and teach them.

Today artificial intelligence is behind more tools than you even realize like search engines, fraud detection, or more obvious your virtual personal assistant… You know, “Hey Siri.” Google, Alexa, and Cortana. Sometimes  you might be chatting with a support person and it’s not even a real person… WHAT?

Yep. AI is everywhere. Like Netflix recommending you shows based on previously watched videos and other variables. Same with YouTube. Now Facebook has followed suit and tries to show me what they think I want to see, but fails miserably and now my newsfeed is just a poor user experience.

Since AI powers most of the websites we frequent and AI is created by people for people, it takes people to improve these intelligent machines by evaluating their performance and teaching them what humans expect of them.

This is where Appen’s jobs come into play. Each project you work on helps make these AI systems seem more intelligent, human-like and fit seamlessly into our society.

Where does Appen hire?

Appen hires all over the world for their work from home jobs and crowdsourcing gigs.

Does Appen hire employees or independent contractors?

Appen has employment and independent contractor opportunities.

Their evaluation, transcription, and translation jobs are most commonly mentioned on sites like wahwithme and in these roles you’ll be an independent contractor.

How much does Appen pay for work at home positions?

Your pay at Appen depends on your position.

Their voice, advertisement, and social media evaluation contracts pay per project and average 13 USD an hour. (I’ve personally done some voice evaluation tasks that required 20-40 minutes of my time and paid 17 AUD)

Their linguist positions average $17-19 an hour according to a review on Glassdoor.

If you’re applying for a full-stack software engineering position you can expect to be paid accordingly.

I won’t bore you with every rumored average salary as they have a lot of positions and your time is valuable.

Moving on…

Does Appen offer employee benefits?

Yes! Appen pays employee benefits to their employees. Keyword = employees.

As an independent contractor you will not qualify for these benefits. This applies to all of their crowdsourcing positions; e.g. transcription, translation, advertisement, search engine, and social media evaluation.

If you, however, apply for a full-time, permanent employment position in US you can expect great benefits that include medical, dental, vision, dependent, parental leave, life insurance, 401k, and more.

What are the schedules like for Appens’ remote jobs?

Schedules vary depending on the position that you’re applying for, but they have full-time and part-time employment opportunities.

For the most part, if you’re working as an independent contractor you choose what projects you work on as they become available. It’s flexible in that sense, but if you need full-time work be aware that working on contracts you may have a ton of work one day and none the next.

Once again, the hours you work depend on the position you’re applying for, so read the application carefully and ask questions during the hiring process if you’re unsure.

What are the requirements to work from home with Appen?

The requirements to work from home with Appen will depend on the job that you’re applying for.

If your applying for a full-stack engineer job with Appen, they’re usually looking for surprise, surprise Python developers. So of course you’ll be required to have experience in Python and machine learning.

As for their transcription positions, you will be required to take a few tests so that they can evaluate your experience and the quality of your work. When I did these tests it took me a couple of hours and there was no set deadlines;  you could log into your account and complete the tests at any time.

Other than that, they want you to have a computer that is in good working order.

How do I apply for remote jobs at Appen?

Head on over to their jobs to see employment and contract opportunities.

2 thoughts on “Appen Work from Home – Review

  1. I would like to work at home but have no experiences in any field. i am willing to be trained though if there is any positioned like that available. Also want non – phone jobs please. Let me know if you have anything like that.
    Thank you kindly
    Sharan Basham

    1. Hey, Sharan! You might want to take a look at Appen’s social media evaluation positions. As long as you can pass the test you can work for them. Other than that maybe take a look at the Work at Home Job Directory and search for “non-phone” to see if you can find anything that your life experience would be transferable to. Good luck. 🙂

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